Read about how our Get Started with Radio programme helped Alec, a 21-year-old from Manchester, turn his life around.
Alec, 21 from Partington, Manchester was two when the bullying started. It continued as he grew older and became more extreme: he was kicked and intimidated, had money and possessions stolen from him, and was shot repeatedly with ball bearing guns. He self-harmed, believing it was the only thing he could control.
Alec’s father left when he was young, and when his mum met her new partner Tim, Alec finally felt like he had the father figure he’d craved. Tragically, Tim died four years later and unable to cope, Alec made several suicide attempts and was moved to a psychiatric unit, before being sent to a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).
Life within the PRU was good, but outside it was a different story. The bullying continued and Alec became reclusive. A support service called Stronger Families recommended he try Get Started with Radio, a Prince’s Trust programme - delivered in partnership with Reform Radio -that builds the confidence and motivation of disadvantaged young people.
As part of a large group, Alec had to learn quickly and shone as a leader. He became a valued member of the group, co-produced a one-hour live radio show and gained his Bronze Arts Award.
He then went on to complete a 12 week digital traineeship, co-wrote a drama called Harry at Reform Radio, and began volunteering at the station full time.
Alec has just secured his SIA Door Supervisor Licence and is looking to secure work in this area while studying Creative Media at Salford City College. Alec is interested in both routes and has recently completed his first job as a Door Supervisor at a Reform Radio event.